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RATINGS: 4065   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.1/5   IBU: 75   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
Produced in the tradition of 18th Century English brewers who supplied the court of Russia’s Catherine the Great, Old Rasputin seems to develop a cult following wherever it goes. It’s a rich, intense brew with big complex flavors and a warming finish.

The Old Rasputin brand image is a drawing of Rasputin with a phrase in Russian encircling it—A sincere friend is not born instantly.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
elektrogeist (158) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - FEB 3, 2005
Good ol faithful quality beer here. Pours like motor oil, only sad that there’s practically zero head from the pour. Aroma strong with alcohol and an anise like stench. Taste is like a mix between chocolate and anise, not quite as bitter as I’d like but I like bitter stuff. I guess I’m glad I’m not in Minnesota, it’s only 6 bucks a 4 pack here. Always a good choice if you can find it.. yum.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - JAN 30, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 21, 2005 Thanx to Lumpy and Richlikebeer, I received 1 from each. Yummy. Poured black, Good tan head, rich and creamy and fizzy. Leaves nice lacing as it settles. Aroma of coffee and raisins and caramel, and slight licorice too. First taste is roasted chocolate malt. Very pranouced and enjoyable. Them comes the dates and licorice. Dry finish, which I enjoy greatly. This black liquid is a treat to all dark brew lovers, seek this out and enjoy.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
kms399 (267) - plymouth, Minnesota, USA - JAN 30, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 21, 2005 this is my first attempt at rating beer so bear with me. Pours black with minnimal head. slight lacing. smells great, hint of coffee and liquorice. bitter yet smooth light warming from the alcohol. I like this beer alot will certainly buy this again. a little steep on the price 8.99 4-pack. very good beer

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
tobias (206) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - JAN 28, 2005
12 oz bottle: pours jet black with a tan head. the aroma is mostly of dark friuts and chocolate, with hints of coffee and caramel. the flavor is of sweet malt, coffee, chocolate, dates, and aa seemingly neutral hop bitterness that lingers with the coffee flavor. the hidden yet notciable alcohol. i forgot how great this beer was.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Pouler (10) - Århus V, DENMARK - JAN 28, 2005
Bottle. Nice dark colour and a brownish head, which disappears rather quickly. Mostly coffee and dark chocolate in the nose. The taste starts out sweet -chocolate, coffee, liquorice. Bitter finish, with a hint of alcohol. Great mouthfeel -round, soft and with some warmth from all the alcohol. Beers like this is why "Imperial Stout" is the favourite style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dalle (1145) - Skørping, DENMARK - JAN 25, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 22, 2005 Bottle. Black with lasting brown head. High flavor intensity with plenty of malt and hops, notes of rye bread. Long roasted and bitter finish with added salty liqourice. Full bodied. (4.0) ...Several bottles later it’s just not that good. Quite intense but the flavors don’t meld together all that well. Highly interesting, quite complex, but not all that drinakble.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tanichols (3) - Lemoyne, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 25, 2005 does not count
On Draft. I hadn’t heard or looked up much about this brew before trying it and thought I may be taking a risk, but North Coast performed as always! An enjoyable brew with a nice head and a smooth rich taste. The aroma left me with questions but the taste was the performer. Hints of chocolate and coffee and caramel with some familiar "cookie" spices. Poured near black with a beige head and finished warming with a somewhat bitter end of coffee pot aftertaste. Thinner than some of my favorite other Imperial Stouts, but not bad! My tastebuds are still interpreting this interesting brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GoldenSpunky (120) - Rochester, New York, USA - JAN 24, 2005
When I tried this beer I blurted out un-f**king believable because this stout is so amazing. The aroma smells like any other Russian Imperial Stout and the head sits on the top of the beer with the grace of Russian Czar, but the taste is insane. I dont know what North Coast does to this beer to make it so smooth and sweet but keep it going. Roasted mocha and caramel malts with hints of vanilla and all spice. Want to try this on tap. Similar to Heavyweight but much better.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
crizay (1050) - Brook Park, Ohio, USA - JAN 24, 2005
Draft: overall a pretty good tasting russian imperial stout, the 9%’ers always taste better, normal chocolate and coffee flavors, real good beer

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
lamas (1527) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 21, 2005
Bottle. Pours jet black with thick bubbly brown head. Lace all over the glass. Aroma is of licorice, coffee and chocolate. Sweet smelling. Taste is malty and roasty. Begins sweet and slightly of caramel and finishes of coffee. Slightly warming at the end.

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